Katsuo Higuchi

A Nisei native of Tupã, São Paulo State, he holds a Law degree, specializing in Labor Relations. Over the course of 50 years, he worked as an executive and entrepreneur​​ in the Human Resources field. A Business Consultant, he’s also a columnist for the newspaper Nippo Brasil.

Updated June 2017

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SHINDO RENMEI, a Dark Chapter in the History of Japanese Immigration in Brazil

History

With the arrival of the steamer Kasato Maru at the Port of Santos in 1908, the cycle of Japanese immigration began in Brazil, which up until the 1940s brought in nearly 200,000 Japanese immigrants.

Most immigrants left Japan, at that time devastated by a severe economic and social crisis, for Brazil, a new and promising country that offered the possibility of employment and the opportunity to earn a fortune in a short time. Most of them intended to save money and, years later, return in better conditions to their homeland, where they would then be able to provide ...

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OSHOGATSU Brazilian style

Oshogatsu (New Year) is the most important celebration in the Japanese calendar. Even here in Brazil, with its eminently Christian culture, the date is celebrated by the Nikkei community – not with the same intensity and importance as Christmas, but always in a respectful and festive manner.

I’ve noticed that among the Nikkei families that have settled here the date is celebrated in different ways, depending on the greater or lesser assimilation of the Japanese culture within that social group and on the physical presence of the ojiichan and obaachan, who end up having a major influence on the habits ...

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Nikkei Chronicles #6 — Itadakimasu 2!: Another Taste of Nikkei Culture

A Precious … and Delicious Legacy

The life of Ms. Aiko, a pleasant and hyperactive obatiam who, to this day, at age 96, provides a lesson in vigor and joy of living, would serve very well as inspiration for a book. She was even the subject of a brief article in this newspaper last July, in addition to having been interviewed by the Japanese TV station NHK and the French newspaper Le Monde. Besides, she has been mentioned in several publications.

Having lived in Brazil for 90 years and for more than 60 years in the city of São Paulo, Ms. Aiko has other ...

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Nikkei Chronicles #8 — Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations

Meu tio inesquecível

Criança ainda, costumava ler uma revista de circulação mensal que até hoje existe, na qual tinha uma seção chamada “Meu tipo inesquecível”, a minha preferida, onde era retratada a vida de personagens marcantes. Pessoas comuns que, por suas qualidades ou atitudes, haviam se destacado ou influenciado a vida de outras, igualmente comuns.

Uma figura inesquecível para mim foi o Tio Yotiam ou Tim para muitos, meu falecido tio pelo lado materno, que nos deixou um legado de coisas boas e alegres, além de uma imensa saudade. A lembrança do Tio Yotiam não ...

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Os decasséguis estão voltando. Japão agradece.

“Sr. Higuchi, li a notícia que o Japão necessitará de mais de 300 mil trabalhadores estrangeiros nos próximos cinco anos. O senhor acha que vale a pena trabalhar no Japão?”, perguntou-me um Nikkei sênior que parecia me conhecer, enquanto eu aguardava o início da palestra “ A Comunidade Brasileira no Japão”, pelo emérito professor da Universidade de Shizuoka –Shigehiro Ikegami – na Japan House de São Paulo, dia 20 de fevereiro último.

A pergunta feita de forma tão informal e abrupta merece uma reflexão antes de ser respondida. Se o objetivo ...

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